Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields

Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields
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Updated 24 September 2020

Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields

Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields
  • It aims to maximize local content in this field, provide a research environment to address carbon emissions

RIYADH: The Ministry of Energy and the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) inked on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the Joint Center for Research on Carbon Capture, Storage and Use Technologies, with the aim of providing scientific support for the Kingdom’s carbon emissions commitments.

The MoU was signed by Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, minister of energy, and the head of KACST, Dr. Anas bin Fares Al-Faris. It aims to maximize local content in this field, provide a research environment to address carbon emissions and turn them into products of economic value, develop national research and development capabilities in cooperation with advanced global centers through technology transfer and marketing, and promote global leadership in the field of carbon capture, storage and use technologies.

Under the MoU, the two parties will work to develop a general framework to encourage research and development in the field of carbon capture, storage and use research techniques, unite efforts among research entities, cooperate with global centers, and focus on the Kingdom’s priorities, thus contributing to the diversification of its economic resources.

The memorandum includes promoting the exchange of statistical information and data for the implementation of research and joint ventures, and the exchange of scientific and research expertise and technical advice between the parties. It also includes research and development in carbon capture techniques at fixed sources of emissions such as power plants and cement plants, and seeks to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions using oxygen combustion technology, and the development of carbon dioxide-to-solar photovoltaic conversion systems.

Other objectives of the MoU include the development of CO2 injection techniques with polymeric materials and fly ash in reservoirs, and the development of chemical catalysts for converting captured CO2 into high-performance polycarbonate.


Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait

Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait
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Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait

Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait
  • Earlier on Wednesday, the Kingdom’s air defenses destroyed two other drones launched toward the southern region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s defenses intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward the Kingdom’s southern region, the Arab coalition said on Wednesday.
It added that the drone was targeting the city of Khamis Mushait.
The coalition that it is monitoring the Iran-backed group’s drone activity and is taking strict measures to protect civilians.
Earlier on Wednesday, the coalition said the Kingdom’s air defenses destroyed two booby-trapped drones launched by the Houthis toward Khamis Mushait.
The UAE and Bahrain strongly condemned the attacks and affirmed their solidarity with the Kingdom in all measures it takes to protect its security and the safety of its citizens and residents.


Saudi king and crown prince receive National Day cables from Gulf leaders

Saudi king and crown prince receive National Day cables from Gulf leaders
Updated 32 min 43 sec ago

Saudi king and crown prince receive National Day cables from Gulf leaders

Saudi king and crown prince receive National Day cables from Gulf leaders
  • The Kingdom will mark its 91st National Day on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday received a congratulatory cable from King Hamad of Bahrain, on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 91st National Day.
King Hamad expressed his greetings to King Salman, wishing him good health, happiness and long life, and, to the Saudi people, further progress and prosperity under his leadership.
He praised the depth of relations that bind the two countries and the continuous development and growth they are witnessing.
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received similar congratulatory cables from Prince Salman bin Hamad, crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain.
The Kingdom will mark National Day on Thursday.
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated King Salman and affirmed the solidity and depth of the strong ties that link Kuwait and the Kingdom. He also praised the outstanding development achievements witnessed by Saudi Arabia.
King Salman received two separate cables from Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq sent King Salman a cable, wishing him good health, happiness and a long life, and more progress and prosperity for the Saudi people.
Meanwhile, Prince Mohammed bin Salman received similar cables from his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Mishaal, and from Kuwait’s Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah.


Saudi Arabia registers 7 COVID-19 deaths, 54 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 7 COVID-19 deaths, 54 new infections
Updated 38 min 52 sec ago

Saudi Arabia registers 7 COVID-19 deaths, 54 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 7 COVID-19 deaths, 54 new infections
  • The Kingdom says 61 patients had recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours
  • Health ministry says vaccine centers in all regions of the Kingdom will remain open during the National Day holiday on Thursday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia confirmed seven new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,679.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 54 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 546,735 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 2,345 remain active and 303 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 13, followed by Makkah with 11, the Eastern Province recorded seven, and Madinah and Qassim confirmed four cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 61 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 535,711.


Over 41.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date through 587 centers.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to register with the Sehhaty app to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
It added that vaccine centers in all regions of the Kingdom will remain open during the National Day holiday on Thursday.
Municipalities in the Kingdom have shut down multiple commercial outlets as part of their efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures to stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Eastern Province Municipality closed two facilities during 1,409 inspection tours carried out on Tuesday. Authorities also issued fines to 92 other businesses.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 230 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.72 million.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman addresses the UN General Assembly

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman addresses the UN General Assembly
Updated 24 min 45 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman addresses the UN General Assembly

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman addresses the UN General Assembly

RIYADH: King Salman of Saudi Arabia will address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

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Saudi deputy defense minister and US envoy to Yemen discuss peace initiative

Saudi deputy defense minister and US envoy to Yemen discuss peace initiative
Updated 22 September 2021

Saudi deputy defense minister and US envoy to Yemen discuss peace initiative

Saudi deputy defense minister and US envoy to Yemen discuss peace initiative
  • They also reviewed the latest developments in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the Kingdom’s peace initiative for Yemen with US envoy Tim Lenderking on Wednesday.
During his visit to Riyadh, Lenderking also met with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Yemeni Parliament Speaker Sultan Al-Barakani on Tuesday.
Prince Khalid said: “Met with US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking to review the latest developments in Yemen, and discuss mutual efforts to support the Saudi peace initiative and UN efforts to reach a political resolution that achieves security and stability for the Yemeni people and the region.”